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Kayoko Kishimoto (岸本加世子, Kishimoto Kayoko, born 29 December 1960 in Shizuoka, Japan) is an actress.
She appeared in several of Takeshi Kitano's films, such as Hana-bi , Kikujiro and Dolls . She won the award for best supporting actress at the 23rd Japan Academy Prize for Kikujiro.
In 1976 at a Hideki Saijo concert in Yokohama Dreamland, Kishimoto was scouted by Saijo and joined the agency. She debuted in the 1977 TBS drama “Mu” and first appeared as an idol in TV dramas, movies and commercials. She also began singing. She became a serious TV and movie actress, winning several well-known awards.
Kishimoto gained popularity for her commercials, including a Manzai double act with Kirin Kiki in the 1980s, Fujifilm, Orient Finance and her performance alongside Sonny Chiba in Toyota Carina commercials.
Recently she appeared in several Takeshi Kitano films playing characters with complex personalities. She continues to appear in television dramas and variety shows and wrote essays and novels.
Kishimoto is friends with boxer Joichiro Tatsuyoshi. In later years Hibari Misora was close to Kishimoto. Kiwako Taichi and Tomoko Naraoka introduced Hibari to Kishimoto.
Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese comedian, television presenter, actor, filmmaker, and author. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, he is better known abroad for his work as a filmmaker, actor and TV host. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi.
Shunji Iwai is a Japanese film director, video artist, writer and documentary maker.
Ryōko Hirosue is a Japanese actress and singer, best known to international audiences for her roles in the Luc Besson-produced Wasabi and the Academy Award-winning Japanese film Departures. She also starred in the 2008 comedy series Yasuko to Kenji.
Rie Miyazawa is a Japanese actress and former fashion model and singer. She has done glamour modeling too, having released four photobooks. She is also well known as the former fiancé of sumo wrestler Takanohana, to whom she was engaged for two months, and for her years of fighting anorexia nervosa.
Dolls is a 2002 Japanese film written, edited and directed by Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. A highly stylized art film, Dolls is part of Kitano's non-crime film oeuvre, like 1991's A Scene at the Sea, and unlike most of his other films, he does not act in it. The film has been praised for its cinematography and features costumes by Yohji Yamamoto.
Kyoko Fukada is a Japanese actress and singer. She is represented by the agency Horipro. In Japan, her name is sometimes contracted to the nickname Fukakyon. She won the award for Best Actress at the Yokohama Film Festival for Kamikaze Girls.
Mamoru Fujisawa, known professionally as Joe Hisaishi, is a Japanese composer and musical director known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981. Hisaishi is also known for his piano scores.
Hana-bi, released in the United States as Fireworks, is a 1997 Japanese crime drama film written, directed and edited by Takeshi Kitano, who also stars in it. The film's score was composed by Joe Hisaishi in his fourth collaboration with Kitano. Hana-bi is the Japanese word for "fireworks."
Kikujiro is a 1999 Japanese film starring, written, and directed by Takeshi Kitano. Its score was composed by Joe Hisaishi. The film was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Sayuri Yoshinaga is a Japanese actress and activist. She has won four Japan Academy Best Actress awards, more than any other actress, and has been called "one of the foremost stars in the postwar world of film."
Yūrei Yanagi is a Japanese actor and tarento. He was born in Fuchū, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Yanagi was originally a member of Takeshi Kitano's gundan. In 1990 he continued to work with Takeshi for the film Boiling Point. Afterwards, he appeared in over eight more films before meeting up with Takeshi again for the 1997 film Hana-bi. His most recent roles have been in horror films such as Ring, Ju-on and Ju-on 2.
Takeshis' is a 2005 Japanese film directed, written, edited by, and starring Takeshi Kitano. It is the first film in Kitano's surrealist autobiographical trilogy, being followed by Glory to the Filmmaker!, and Achilles and the Tortoise.
Yōichi Sai is a Japanese film director. His mother is Japanese and his father is Zainichi Korean. He is the president of the Directors Guild of Japan.
Juri Ueno is a Japanese actress. She first gained recognition in the 2005 film Swing Girls where she was a recipient of Newcomer of the Year prize at the Japanese Academy Awards. Ueno achieved mainstream success for playing the titular role in the live-action adaptations of manga Nodame Cantabile for which she won Best Lead Actress at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards in 2007. She further gained acclaim with her role in the television series Last Friends for which she won Best Supporting Actress at the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and the 57th Television Drama Academy Awards in 2008.
Maki Horikita is a Japanese former actress. During her career from 2003 until 2017, she starred in numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies, including roles in Nobuta wo Produce, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e and Umechan Sensei.
Yu Aoi is a Japanese actress and model. She made her film debut as Shiori Tsuda in Shunji Iwai's 2001 film All About Lily Chou-Chou. She subsequently portrayed Tetsuko Arisugawa in Hana and Alice (2004), also directed by Iwai, Kimiko Tanigawa in the hula dancing film Hula Girls and Hagumi Hanamoto in the 2006 live-action adaptation of the Honey and Clover manga series.
Glory to the Filmmaker! is a 2007 Japanese film written, directed, edited by the film's lead star Takeshi Kitano. It is the second film in Kitano's surrealist autobiographical trilogy, following Takeshis', and concluding with Achilles and the Tortoise.
Katsumi Yanagishima, also credited as Katsumi Yanagijima, is a Japanese cinematographer.
Tsuyoshi Abe (阿部 力, Abe Tsuyoshi, is a Chinese-Japanese actor based in Japan. Of mixed Chinese and Japanese descent, he is able to speak both Mandarin and Japanese fluently.
Rumiko Koyanagi is a Japanese actress and singer. She won the award for best new artist at the 13th Japan Record Awards and won the Japan Music Award in 1972. She won the award for best supporting actress at the 6th Japan Academy Prize for To Trap a Kidnapper and the award for best actress at the 7th Japan Academy Prize for Hakujasho.